- failure to accept certain foods/textures
- refusal of liquids
- difficulty breastfeeding
- difficulty chewing
- coughing/gagging/vomiting during meals
- excessive drooling/oral motor deficits
- less than normal weight gain or growth
Each patient is evaluated and specific feeding goals are established. Oral-motor, sensory, and behavioral-based therapy are offered, depending on their need. Treatment involves broadening the spectrum of foods that a child eats and implementing carryover to all environments by teaching the parents how to feed their children or how to encourage them to self-feed. This includes the transition from breastfeeding to bottle, puree to solid foods, progressing from g-tube to oral feeding, or expanding a child’s repertoire of food selection. We focus on increasing the child’s abilities to eat food of multiple varieties of textures and tastes.
Our goal is to make meal time more enjoyable in a relaxed environment and alleviate the stress for the child and caregiver.